Touchstone Theatre welcomes audiences back to live theatre with Lights by Adam Grant Warren, its first production since the 2020 COVID shutdown, and the thematic flagship for their forthcoming season “Let There Be Lights” which heralds a brave return to the stage after a challenging eighteen months.
Touchstone Theatre Presents Lights
- When: December 2 (Preview), December 3 (Opening) – December 12, 2021
- Where: Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St, Vancouver)
- Tickets: Available online now
- All patrons must wear masks, including at their seats. Patrons should come prepared with both a valid government issued photo I.D. AND their BC vaccine card ready to show staff for admittance to the theatre.
Directed by Touchstone Theatre’s Artistic Director Roy Surette and set against the backdrop of a pandemic Christmas, Lights follows the story of Evan Chaulk (Adam Grant Warren), a schoolteacher and wheelchair user who returns to his family home in Newfoundland for Christmas to discover his mother Nancy (Susinn McFarlen), a strong-willed retired teacher is adapting to life with Alzheimer’s Disease. Unsettling, daring, and funny – Lights is a portrait of a tight-night family facing profound life changes and discovering what remains when a lifetime of memories begins to fade away.
As Touchstone Theatre’s first of three World Premieres this season, the three-time pandemic postponed production is more than ready to meet its audience:
“We are delighted to finally stage Adam’s gorgeous and powerful new play,” says Roy Surette, Touchstone Artistic Director. “Though set during a Christmas visit home to Newfoundland, it’s not your typical holiday fare. It’s a rich and intimate look at family dynamics, adapting to change, and finding strength in unusual places.”
Lights was developed through Touchstone’s Flying Start Program, an incubator supporting the next generation of theatre artists through the commissioning of new Canadian works by early career playwrights. Along with dramaturgical support, the program culminates in a full-scale production as part of Touchstone’s Mainstage series. Flying Start is supported by RBC Emerging Artists program and is produced In Association with Firehall Arts Centre.
Lights features Jessie award-winning Adam Grant Warren (Kill Me Now, Touchstone Theatre), Susinn McFarlen (The Taming of the Shew, Bard on the Beach), and Leslie Dos Remedios (Thanks for Giving, Arts Club Theatre).
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